While cleaning at the Bedford Co Animal Shelter in VA, employee Bryan T. Skinnell allegedly beat a cat so severely that a vet could not save the animal. Skinnell has since been fired and charged with felony cruelty. (Thanks Clarice for the link.)
A young woman who volunteered at the Gwinnett Co pound in Georgia for two months was fired because the powers that be decided her dyed hair, tattoos and piercings did not conform to the county’s grooming policy. After two months. Gee, if only she looked more like Mr. Skinnell, whose appearance was sufficiently acceptable to give him a job, never mind accept him as a volunteer. Because appearance directly correlates to compassion, obviously. (Thanks Valerie.)
Case Update: Appomattox Co in VA finished investigating itself in the killing of shelter dog Sam. The report released by the county basically says no wrongdoing by the county, other places are worse, and describes the facility’s number as “exemplary”. The hastily named Animal Welfare Action Group opted to take no action for animal welfare, simply stating that they found details of the report to be inaccurate but they don’t want to make waves. (Thanks Clarice.)
Case Update: Mary Jo Frazier, former head of Boulder City AC in CO charged with felony animal abuse, accepted a plea deal to avoid trial. Frazier who allegedly killed shelter pets illegally “for fun”, pleaded guilty to two felonies relating to two pets:
“You did willfully, unlawfully, maliciously and feloniously torture and or unjustly maimed, mutilate or kill a male dog names Oscar and or a pit bull puppy named Lotus,” said Judge Susan Johnson, in reading a description of the crime.
Frazier is free on bail and is scheduled for sentencing on January 31, 2017. The judge has ordered her to keep away from animals. (Thanks Clarice.)
Dr. Todd Hayden, the interim director of the Montgomery Co pound in Texas, alleged at a public meeting last month that employees were using the shelter as a dog flipping operation:
“In our county, if you lost your dog and you were on your way to work and it was picked up and brought to our shelter, it was probably flipped before you got home,” he said. “It went to a rescue and it was sold. A lot of people made a lot of money.”
The interim director said he had counted 228 animals sold before the [three day] stray hold was up, including 56 that went the same day they were brought in.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the claim. (Thanks Jan.)
The Lake Co pound in FL, run by the sheriff’s office, released some statistics to demonstrate supposed improvement at the facility. However, more than 900 animals appearing on the report have no outcome listed rendering the stats useless. You are probably wanting an assplanation. Got it:
Lt. John Herrell, spokesman for the sheriff, wrote in an email that “there are so many variables in these calculations, coupled with the fact that the software system is calculating the figures, there is no way I can explain the stats and percentages the program generated.”
There. Is. No. Way. I. Can. Explain.
This is excellent and I’m going to start using it at my job too. (Thanks Davyd.)
I’m sorry everything is awful. Here, have an I Don’t Give a Damn cat:
Jack (photo by Casey Post)